PNP to deploy over 100 motorcycle cops, mobile cars for SONA convoy
Robie de Guzman • July 18, 2019 • 825
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) is set to deploy a total of 72 motorcycle cops and 36 mobile cars for the security of convoy of high-profile personalities who will attend President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Police Brigadier General Roberto Fajardo said a total of 171 personnel from the PNP-HPG will be deployed to ensure the security for SONA on July 22.
Fajardo the said the HPG unit is tasked to escort congressmen and other important visitors of the annual event.
“We will see to it that ‘yung highway natin is clear at the same time yung VIP natin ay makarating at makabalik don sa kanilang mga dapat puntahan,” he told reporters at the send-off ceremony of the HPG contingent for SONA 2019 in Camp Crame on Wednesday.
“We’ll see to it that the convoy of our VIPs, our leaders are properly undertaken and secured,” he stressed.
Fajardo assured the HPG personnel participating in SONA security preparations had undergone training and shooting simulation.
He also said that so far, police have yet to monitor any threat for the upcoming event.
“Hindi po namin papayagan na pumasok ang AFP at PNP lalo na si Senador Bato at Duterte sa aming pamantasan dahil nakikita namin na wala silang puwang o agenda upang i-address ang mga bitbit naming panawagan [We will not allow the AFP and the PNP, especially Senator Bato and Duterte to enter our university because we know that they have no agenda to address our petitions],” said UP student Rachiel Villamor.
Several UP professors also joined the walkout.
“Alamin at kumilos na ipaglaban ang tingin nila ay tama. Yan ang itinuturo namin sa classroom. Yan ang ibig sabihin ng pagiging edukador. At magagawa yan hindi lang sa loob ng classroom. Magagawa yan kahit sa labas kahit sa lansangan [Know and act to fight what they think is correct. That is what we teach in the classroom. That is what a teacher is all about. And we can do that not only in the classrooms. We can do that even in the streets],” said Josephine Dionisio, chairperson of UP Department of Sociology.
Aside from the campus in Diliman, the National Day of Walkout was also observed in other UP campuses in the country. (from the report of Mon Jocson) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ronald dela Rosa is suggesting that universities and colleges should welcome the military and police and allow them to conduct their respective indoctrination.
The proposal is to curb the recruitment and brainwashing of students being practiced by the rebel group, New People’s Army (NPA).
But according to Police Chief General Oscar Albayalde, such recommendation was given a different interpretation by militant youth groups.
“This is misunderstood and medyo overreaction ang mga militanteng grupo. There is no such thing as militarization of a campus,” Albayalde said.
Albayalde insists that cops do not enter the school premises unless they have official business inside as stated in the agreement between the University of the Philippines, the League of Filipino Students (LFS) and the government specifically the Department of National Defense that police and military personnel are off limits inside campuses unless approved by the university administration.
“Itong mga militanteng grupo,they are trying to abuse that charter. Kami naman, we can freely enter the campus of UP even today,” the Police Chief noted.
Meanwhile, the PNP respects U.P. students’ decision to hold a day of walkout on Tuesday (August 20) citing their right to assembly provided that it is in accordance with the law. – MNP (with details from April Cenedoza)
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